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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 22, 2009 10:12pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: About copyright and video rentals

OK, I know about copyright as far as where The Archive is concerned, but what about copyright with outfits like Netflix and Blockbuster? If this stuff is copyright, do the studios and copyright holders make any money from the rental of their products? And another thing, it seems like more and more movies you get from Netflix are becoming "unavailable" yet you can still watch them on the website even though you can't get the dvd sent to your house. I find this very interesting because lately a lot of films have been removed from my queue in the last few months as "unavailable" but I can still watch them on the Netflix site. Did Netflix make their own bootlegs to upload for viewing or what? I'm really curious to how this works and I'm hoping someone here knows something about this stuff.

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Poster: HektorT Date: Dec 23, 2009 9:50am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: About copyright and video rentals

Normally, a big company like NetFlix licenses the movies for online delivery (Vod). It costs a lot to offer so many free streams, so they must be making money somewhere.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 23, 2009 9:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: About copyright and video rentals

Yeah, that would make sense that Netflix has permission to put these films up on their site. I can't really see them getting by with it otherwise. But I still would like to hear people's thoughts on the first question, which is do the studios and copyright holders make any money when their films are rented out by Netflix or video stores. My curiosity is mostly academic but it's something I've wondered about for quite a while now. Anyone who knows about this stuff, please share your knowledge (or theories). I'd love to hear it.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 24, 2009 3:53am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: About copyright and video rentals

In most countries special rental versions of videos and dvds are released by the studios and sold to video stores seperately and more expensively than the regular retail video. When I worked in a video store new release rental tapes cost about $120 when sell-thru (retail) tapes were about $30. This was in Australia in the mid 90s.

After the initial sale of the tape to the store there were no percentage royalties applying to individual rentals. But that might be different for major chains. They may get cheaper units while giving over a rental cut. I don't know, but the studios seem to be geared towards the major chains.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Dec 25, 2009 1:15am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: About copyright and video rentals

Yeah, I remember how expensive a video tapes were. I remember seeing a whole bunch of previously viewed copies of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" going for about 40 bucks a pop. I thought they were crazy. Ah, the good old days.